I just passed this one on to Kevin Kelly for his list but I figured I’d post it to Tumblr, too. It is one of my favorite magazine articles from the last few years; I’ve reread it at least four times.
Some bizarre organizational impulse is guiding me to add many of the articles on Kevin Kelly’s list to an Instapaper folder under my account. …I’d share it here but it looks like no Instapaper account information is publicly viewable. (Sighing at myself for deciding to do such a thing; I’d made such great progress on vacation in smarter internet consumption.)
I’m a sucker for the current leaderboard (DFW, Talese, Rosenbaum) but also the idea of Kevin Kelly hosting the list. Despite a haphazard entry into journalism via technology, I’ve read more of these—and recognize the journalists behind them—than I would have guessed.
…I now have at least 10 new tabs open and the page bookmarked. I’ll need another vacation to get through them all.
…as the world becomes more addictive, the two senses in which one can live a normal life will be driven ever further apart. One sense of “normal” is statistically normal: what everyone else does. The other is the sense we mean when we talk about the normal operating range of a piece of machinery: what works best.
These two senses are already quite far apart. Already someone trying to live well would seem eccentrically abstemious in most of the US. That phenomenon is only going to become more pronounced. You can probably take it as a rule of thumb from now on that if people don’t think you’re weird, you’re living badly.
Writer/technologist Scott Berkun has an interesting follow-up post looking over the ideas from a different perspective. Worth a read, too.
“Now is the time to put my fucking children and my wife first for a change. I fucking busted my ass … I gave your fucking baby health care… What do I get for that? Only 13 percent of you think I’m doing a good job, so fuck all of you.”—
Rod Blagojevich, then-governor of Illinois, speaking about his constituency, Election Day 2008.
“I was an adult before I realized that Ensign was a military rank, and not just a popular first name in the future. I had only ever heard it on Star Trek. Until I wrote this post I had no idea how it was spelled, as I’ve only ever heard it spoken.”—You were doing it wrong | Ask MetaFilter